Rio de Janeiro is a city of outdoor activities. Despite its laid-back atmosphere, the Marvelous City has an innate talent for sports. Such a beautiful landscape is an invitation to go outside.
Rio de Janeiro is a city of outdoor activities. Despite its laid-back atmosphere, the Marvelous City has an innate talent for sports. The city’s geography favors the practice of outdoor activities such as surfing, jogging, cycling, sailing, rock climbing and many others. There are several kilometers of sidewalks on the seaside and bike paths, lagoon, mountains, etc.
Perfect Environment for Practice Outdoor Activities
Such a beautiful landscape is an invitation to go outside. Rio’s fantastic environment is a gift for runners. There are many places where you can exercise enjoying the city’s natural beauties. There are also some milestones that help you to control your training program.
Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, for instance, with 7.6km is a good option if you are not looking for a long circuit. The view is incredible, and at sunset, it gets even more stunning. The Beach is another classic with the advantage that you can finish your activity with a refreshing swim in the Atlantic Ocean. You can do Leblon-Ipanema-Arpoador circuit (3.7km), Copacabana-Leme (4.2km) or you can try Leblon-Leme-Leblon full circuit for a more extended exercise. Barra da Tijuca Beach is another cool place.
If you are looking for a hardcore challenge, try to go running up the hill, through Parque da Floresta da Tijuca, up to Mesa do Imperador. Total distance depends on where you start running, but the challenge here is the 5km of a steep hill.
For those who need an excuse to go to Rio de Janeiro, there are several running events in Rio. The top two events are Rio de Janeiro City Marathon and Rio de Janeiro International Half Marathon. This year Rio de Janeiro City Marathon will take place on July 27th. There are three distance options: Marathon (42.19km), Half Marathon (21.1km) and Family Run (6km). There are three different starting lines, depending on the distance chosen. The full marathon starts at Praça do Pontal in Recreio dos Bandeirantes, half marathon at Avenida do Pepê in Barra da Tijuca, and the family-run starts at Aterro do Flamengo. The finish line for all three distance is at Aterro do Flamengo. Rio de Janeiro International Half Marathon will take place on August 31st, starting line is at São Conrado Beach, and the finish line is also at Aterro do Flamengo. Both events have a lovely path along the shore and are almost all flat courses.
If you are coming to Rio, do not forget to bring your snickers.